Digg launches new iPhone and iPod touch app
Digg, the recently redesigned and reimagined social news aggregator, has launched a new version of their mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch (they recommend using the website if you’re on an iPad) to go along with their new redesign. The new app (available at the App Store here) has the same look and feel as their new site, keeping in tune with the generous use of white-space and focusing on images.
Navigating through the app is a very pleasant experience, basically you get what seems to be an infinite scroll of trending story headlines, a subtitle and an image. If you want to read the whole story, just tap on the image or title to get a mobile-friendly version of the story. If you want to interact further, you need to sign-in via Facebook, something that has some users quite upset, as reflected in the low-star reviews the app has gotten in the app store.
Once signed in via Facebook the app allows you to bookmark the stories you read via Instapaper, Pocket and Bitly. There’s also an interesting feature called Paperboy that allows you to geo-tag you current location, say your home, and the app will fetch the latest stories when you leave that place, so you can read what Digg has to offer even when there’s no WiFi or cellular connection.
Overall, I’m pleasently surprised by Digg’s new mobile app. It seems like to guys over at News.me (who bought Digg six weeks ago) are getting stuff right. I can’t wait to see what they have in store.